Matt
Black
#39 Defensive Back
Matt
Black
#39 Defensive Back
Height 5'9
Weight 192 lbs
Birth Date (Age) 1985-03-01 (34)
Born Toronto, ON
School Saginaw Valley
INT / NAT NAT
Defensive Tackles 3
Special Teams Tackles 0
Interceptions 0
Sacks 0

CFL: 11

Argos: 11

Acquired: Signed August 7, 2017.

2018: Played in seven games, started one. Started the season opener at Saskatchewan. Left Week Two game against Calgary with an injury, returned for the Labour Day Classic at Hamilton. Finished the season with three tackles.

2017: It couldn’t have been a season of lower lows and higher highs. Spent the first six games of the season on the practice roster, was released August 1. Re-signed August 7 and wound up making one of the biggest plays in Argos history. Played in 11 games, started 10. Recorded 22 tackles and one sack. Playoffs: Credited with one special teams tackle vs Saskatchewan in the East Final. 105th Grey Cup: Intercepted a Bo Levi Mitchell pass in the end zone with 20 seconds left to clinch a 27-24 victory.

2016: Played in 18 games, started 12. Recorded 44 tackles, 10 special teams tackles and one interception. Recorded his 100th defensive tackle vs BC in Week 11, and his 200th career tackle (defensive plus special teams) Week 16 vs Calgary.

2015: Played in 15 games, started 4. Totalled 23 tackles, one tackle for a loss and three fumble recoveries. Played in his 100th game Week 19 vs B.C. Playoffs: Recorded two special teams tackles in East Final at Hamilton.

2014: Played in five games, started one. Had eight tackles, two special teams tackles and a fumble recovery.

2013: Played in 16 games, started 15. Recorded 34 tackles, 11 special teams tackles, two sacks and two interceptions, one of which he returned 62 yards for a TD Week 19 vs Montreal. Playoffs: Recorded one tackle in East Final vs Hamilton.

2012: Dressed in all 18 games. Recorded 13 defensive tackles with a career-high 20 special teams tackles. Returned a fumble recovery for a TD vs B.C. Playoffs: Played in East Semi-Final vs Edmonton and East Final at Montreal recording a special teams tackle in each game. 100th Grey Cup: Played in win vs Calgary, but did not record any stats.

2011: Dressed in all 18 games. Recorded two tackles and 15 special teams tackles. Scored his first CFL touchdown on an 81-yard punt return against Edmonton in Week Five.

2010: Dressed in 14 games. Recorded seven tackles and 15 special teams tackles. Playoffs: Forced a Marcus Thigpen fumble in the second quarter, then recovered another Thigpen fumble in the third quarter at the Hamilton 12-yard line. It led to an Argo touchdown in a win over Hamilton in the East Semi-Final. Made one special team tackle in East Final loss at Montreal.

2009: Signed with the Argos on March 11. Dressed in six games at cornerback and played mostly special teams, including some punt and kickoff returning.

2008: Drafted by Toronto in the sixth round, 45th overall. Returned to school for his final year of eligibility.

College: Played in 39 games, starting 36 at Saginaw Valley State. Totaled 165 tackles and six interceptions. Returned punts and kickoffs for Cardinals. Was First Team All-GLIAC in 2006, Second Team in 2008, was an Academic All-CLIAC in 2007 and played in the Valero CTUS Bowl Senior All-Star Game in 2008.

Personal: A graduate of Northern Secondary in Toronto, where he won the Harry Jerome Award for excellence in athletics in 2004. A member of the OVFL Hall of Fame for his days with the Metro Toronto Wildcats. A major contributor to the Huddle Up bullying prevention program. His brother Eric was his teammate on the Argos for a brief time.

Seasons

Defence

YEAR TEAM GP DT ST SACKS INT TD FF
2009
TOR 6 0 5 0 0 0 0
2010
TOR 13 7 13 0 0 0 0
2011
TOR 18 2 15 0 0 0 0
2012
TOR 18 12 21 0 0 0 0
2013
TOR 16 34 10 2 2 1 0
2014
TOR 5 7 2 0 0 0 1
2015
TOR 15 22 4 0 0 0 0
2016
TOR 18 44 10 0 1 1 1
2017
TOR 11 22 3 1 0 0 0
2018
TOR 7 3 0 0 0 0 0
Total
127 153 83 3 3 2 2

Game Log

Defence

DATE WEEK OPP DT ST SACKS INT TD FF
06-15
1 SSK 2 0 0 0 0 0
06-23
2 CGY 0 0 0 0 0 0
09-03
12 HAM 0 0 0 0 0 0
09-08
13 HAM 1 0 0 0 0 0
09-22
15 SSK 0 0 0 0 0 0
10-12
18 HAM 0 0 0 0 0 0
10-20
19 MTL 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total
3 0 0 0 0 0